AutoGuide.com News » Kia http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:29:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 AutoGuide.com News » Kia http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/themes/autoguide-proper/img/logo_autoguide_red.gif http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news 2014 Kia Soul Recalled for Potential Loss of Steering http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/2014-kia-soul-recalled-potential-loss-steering.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/2014-kia-soul-recalled-potential-loss-steering.html#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:02:04 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=251374 2014 Kia Soul Recalled for Potential Loss of Steering 2014 Kia Soul Recalled for Potential Loss of Steering
Kia is calling back 51,641 of its Soul compact hatchbacks from the 2014 model year because they could experience a loss of steering ability. According to NHTSA, a plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering assembly could come loose because a thread-locking adhesive was improperly applied during assembly. If that happens, the vehicle... more]]>
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Kia is calling back 51,641 of its Soul compact hatchbacks from the 2014 model year because they could experience a loss of steering ability.

According to NHTSA, a plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering assembly could come loose because a thread-locking adhesive was improperly applied during assembly. If that happens, the vehicle can lose its steering.

In documents filed with NHTSA, the South Korean automaker said it will replace the plugs through its dealer network at no charge to consumers. The company also promised to reimburse owners for repair expenses they already paid related to the defect.

The recall campaign is scheduled to start this month and owners can expect to be contacted by Kia asking them to bring their vehicle in for service.

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Kia Considering Diesel Power for US Market http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/kia-considering-diesel-entry-us-market.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/kia-considering-diesel-entry-us-market.html#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:00:09 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250628 Kia Considering Diesel Power for US Market Kia Considering Diesel Power for US Market
As Kia continues to expand its range of offerings, the brand is considering the addition of diesel powerplants to its vehicles sold in the U.S.  The Korean automaker is eyeing the introduction of diesel models to its U.S. lineup, but don’t expect it for at least three to four years. According to Orth Hedrick, vice-president... more]]>
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As Kia continues to expand its range of offerings, the brand is considering the addition of diesel powerplants to its vehicles sold in the U.S. 

The Korean automaker is eyeing the introduction of diesel models to its U.S. lineup, but don’t expect it for at least three to four years. According to Orth Hedrick, vice-president of product planning for Kia Motors America, “The problem right now is that there are different emissions standards in Europe and the US, which means we would be faced with different after-treatments, and that makes it very expensive.”

SEE ALSO: 2015 Kia Sedona is the Best Looking Minivan You’ve Never Heard Of

However, EU6 being introduced in 2017-2018 could mean both Europe and U.S. will share the same standards and gives Kia a better chance at introducing diesel models to its lineup. Currently, no decision has been made by Kia on whether or not to pursue diesel powerplants, but it is likely given that U.S. has now become the automaker’s top-selling region.

GALLERY: Kia K900

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Audi, Jaguar and Kia Top 2014 Strategic Vision Total Quality Index http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/audi-jaguar-kia-top-2014-total-quality-index.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/audi-jaguar-kia-top-2014-total-quality-index.html#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:23:58 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249588 Audi, Jaguar and Kia Top 2014 Strategic Vision Total Quality Index Audi, Jaguar and Kia Top 2014 Strategic Vision Total Quality Index
Strategic Vision has released its 19th annual Total Quality Index (TQI) and the results could surprise you. German automaker Audi and British automaker Jaguar shared leadership as the best Luxury brands in Total Quality, while surprisingly, Kia had the highest Total Quality score of non-Luxury brands. Claiming Best Model in Total Quality was the Tesla... more]]>
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Strategic Vision has released its 19th annual Total Quality Index (TQI) and the results could surprise you.

German automaker Audi and British automaker Jaguar shared leadership as the best Luxury brands in Total Quality, while surprisingly, Kia had the highest Total Quality score of non-Luxury brands. Claiming Best Model in Total Quality was the Tesla Model S, adding to its already long list of accolades.

SEE ALSO: 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Slams Fiat

Kia had numerous vehicles with high scores including the Kia Soul, which claimed the Small Multi-Function Car category with a TQI score of 882. The Kia Optima was second in the Mid-Size car category with a 920 score, bested by the Subaru Impreza sedan by just two points. As for Audi, its A5 coupe was just one point spy (929) of claiming the Premium Coupe category, which went to the Chevrolet Corvette coupe. The Audi Q5 led the Near-Luxury Utility segment while the Q7 topped the Luxury CUV category.

2014 Total Quality Index Winners:

  • Micro Car: Smart fortwo Coupe – 855
  • Small Car: Dodge Dart (873), Mitsubishi Lancer (873)
  • Small Multi-Function Car: Kia Soul (882), Volkswagen Golf (882)
  • Small Alternative Powertrain (APT) Car: Ford C-MAX Energi (865)
  • Mid-Size Car: Subaru Impreza Sedan (922), Kia Optima (920)
  • Mid-Size Multi-Function Car: Honda Accord Crosstour (885)
  • Mid-Size Alternative Powertrain (APT) Car: Chevrolet Volt (863), Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (863)
  • Full-Size Car: Dodge Charger (912)
  • Near-Luxury Car: Lexus IS Sedan (938)
  • Near-Luxury Alternative Powertrain (APT) Car: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (902)
  • Luxury Car: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (937)
  • Luxury Multi-Function Car: Volvo XC70 (897)
  • Specialty Coupe: MINI Cooper Countryman (915)
  • Premium Coupe: Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (930), Audi A5 Coupe (929)
  • Standard Convertible: MINI Cooper Roadster (931)
  • Premium Convertible/Roadster: Mercedes SL-Class (957)
  • Standard Pickup: Honda Ridgeline (845)
  • Full-Size Pickup: Ford F-150 (892), Toyota Tundra (891), GMC Sierra 1500 (890)
  • Heavy Duty Pickup: Ford F-250/350 (868), Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 (867), Ram 2500/3500 (866)
  • Entry SUV: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (870)
  • Entry CUV: Hyundai Tucson (887)
  • Mid-Size SUV: Dodge Durango (889)
  • Mid-Size CUV: Ford Flex (915)
  • Full-Size Utility: Ford Expedition (905)
  • Near-Luxury Utility: Audi Q5 (926)
  • Luxury SUV: Lexus GX 460 (933)
  • Luxury CUV: Audi Q7 (942)
  • Minivan: Nissan Quest (856)

GALLERY: 2015 Kia Soul EV

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Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Kia K900 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/five-point-inspection-2015-kia-k900.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/five-point-inspection-2015-kia-k900.html#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:42:46 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248760 Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Kia K900 Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Kia K900
Kia is a brand that’s going places. Just a few years ago their cars were the equivalent of latex gloves; you’d use them once and throw ‘em away. But now the South Korean company is building some truly impressive, even class-leading products. The Soul is an unmitigated sales success, their Forte lineup is more than... more]]>
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Kia is a brand that’s going places. Just a few years ago their cars were the equivalent of latex gloves; you’d use them once and throw ‘em away. But now the South Korean company is building some truly impressive, even class-leading products.

The Soul is an unmitigated sales success, their Forte lineup is more than competitive and the Sportage is a solid offering in the small-crossover segment. But with triumph has come a sense of restlessness; they want more, which is probably why Kia has cast its gaze upon the luxury segment.

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Top 10 Stolen Crossovers and SUVs http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/top-10-stolen-crossovers-suvs.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/top-10-stolen-crossovers-suvs.html#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:02:45 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248409 Top 10 Stolen Crossovers and SUVs Top 10 Stolen Crossovers and SUVs
Crossovers and SUVs aren’t just rising in popularity with consumers – thieves are noticing them as well.  The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released the most stolen crossovers and SUVs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2013. The research only considered 2011-2013 model year vehicles that were stolen within those three years, which were... more]]>

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Crossovers and SUVs aren’t just rising in popularity with consumers – thieves are noticing them as well. 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released the most stolen crossovers and SUVs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2013. The research only considered 2011-2013 model year vehicles that were stolen within those three years, which were a total of 21,711 crossovers and SUVs. In terms of market segments, compact crossovers were the most frequently stolen with 6,981 thefts while the pickup class of SUVs were the least stolen with 53 units.

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Top Ranked New Cars in Initial Quality by Vehicle Class http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/top-ranked-new-cars-initial-quality-vehicle-class.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/top-ranked-new-cars-initial-quality-vehicle-class.html#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:32:07 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248289 Top Ranked New Cars in Initial Quality by Vehicle Class Top Ranked New Cars in Initial Quality by Vehicle Class
This year’s JD Power Initial Quality Study had a few surprises and you might be shocked to hear which vehicles were most problem free. Of the 207 models covered in the annual survey, the Porsche Panamera had the least reported problems. Coming in second place? The surprising Hyundai Accent. So which vehicles were best in... more]]>

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This year’s JD Power Initial Quality Study had a few surprises and you might be shocked to hear which vehicles were most problem free.

Of the 207 models covered in the annual survey, the Porsche Panamera had the least reported problems. Coming in second place? The surprising Hyundai Accent. So which vehicles were best in their segment? AutoGuide.com has compiled a list of all the top ranked new cars from this year’s Initial Quality Study.

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Kia Cadenza Recalled For Fragile Alloy Wheels http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/kia-cadenza-recalled-wheel-flaw.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/kia-cadenza-recalled-wheel-flaw.html#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:37:30 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248329 Kia Cadenza Recalled For Fragile Alloy Wheels Kia Cadenza Recalled For Fragile Alloy Wheels
The Kia Cadenza is being recalled to replace alloy wheels that might fracture if the driver hits a big pothole. According to NHTSA documents, a total of 3,107 Cadenza sedans are affected by the recall and are those equipped with the Korean automaker’s 19-inch non-chrome aluminum wheels. Those specific wheels may suffer fractures due to... more]]>
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The Kia Cadenza is being recalled to replace alloy wheels that might fracture if the driver hits a big pothole.

According to NHTSA documents, a total of 3,107 Cadenza sedans are affected by the recall and are those equipped with the Korean automaker’s 19-inch non-chrome aluminum wheels. Those specific wheels may suffer fractures due to “impacts such as large, deep potholes.” In turn, the broken wheel will cause the tire to lose pressure.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Kia Cadenza Review

The faulty wheels have been traced back to an improper manufacturing process that caused the wheels to have inadequate tensile strength. Cadenza owners with the 18-inch non-chrome wheels or the 19-inch chrome wheels are not affected by the recall. Owners that have experienced wheel damage prior to the recall will be reimbursed and the Korean automaker will begin replacing the wheels later this month free of charge. No accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall.

GALLERY: 2014 Kia Cadenza

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AutoGuide Now for The Week of June 16 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/autoguide-now-week-june-16.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/autoguide-now-week-june-16.html#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:50:44 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=247883 AutoGuide Now for The Week of June 16 AutoGuide Now for The Week of June 16
We have a wild mix of cars this week, some with two turbos, some with superchargers and some with very little power. Here’s what we’re driving this week.  2014 Jaguar XK-RS: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor -  “It’s the last hurrah for the Jaguar XK this year and for my final drive in the car... more]]>
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We have a wild mix of cars this week, some with two turbos, some with superchargers and some with very little power. Here’s what we’re driving this week.

jaguar-xkr-s 2014 Jaguar XK-RS: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor - 

“It’s the last hurrah for the Jaguar XK this year and for my final drive in the car I will be piloting the ultimate version, the XKR-S. Packing a 550 hp supercharged V8 under sexy sheet metal, this car is anything but subtle.”

 


Corolla 3Q Low 2014 Toyota Corolla LE ECO: Colum Wood, Editor in Chief - 

“I’m often too busy doing management-type things to actually review cars any more, so I’m not always in a “presser.” And when I am it’s usually because the car was just too damn sweet to pass up. But this week I’m going to re-join the people and spend some time behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla.”

2014 AMG Full Line2014 Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy: 

“But first, it’s off to the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy Mastering Performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park where I will probably drive something like an SLS. Follow me on Twitter here for lots of Mercedes pics at the racetrack. Oh, and probably a few Corolla photos too.”

8908_1_2 2014 Kia Forte5: Sami Haj-Assaad, Features Editor - 

“Now available with a 200-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, Kia is looking to up to the fun factor with its Forte5 hatchback. I’m interested in seeing if Kia’s offering has what it takes to compete in an already crowded market and wonder how it compares to the Mazda3 and Elantra GT that I’ve already tested this past month.”

2014-hyundai-genesis-coupe-12 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Dave Pratte, ‘AutoGuide Stig’ -

Dave, who has a permanent home at the start/finish line of the AutoGuide Test Track, is sending yet another car around for some timed laps. This time its the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. While we’ve already had a Gen-Coupe around the track, that time was recorded with a four-cylinder model. This week we have the more powerful six-cylinder model, that makes about 70 more horsepower than the 2.0T. Lets see what that difference means on the track.”

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Kia Planning New Assembly Plant in Mexico http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/kia-plans-assembly-plant-mexico.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/kia-plans-assembly-plant-mexico.html#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:40:21 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=246533 Kia Planning New Assembly Plant in Mexico
Building cars close to where they are sold always makes the most sense and Korean automaker Kia has plans to move production much closer to the USA. A new assembly plant in Mexico is on Kia’s to-do list, a source close to the matter revealed to Reuters. The new plant will be built in Monterrey and will have... more]]>
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Building cars close to where they are sold always makes the most sense and Korean automaker Kia has plans to move production much closer to the USA.

A new assembly plant in Mexico is on Kia’s to-do list, a source close to the matter revealed to Reuters. The new plant will be built in Monterrey and will have a 300,000 vehicle capacity, which will help Kia meet demand in the United States. At first, the plant will build two small cars for the brand.

About two years ago, Chung Mong-koo, chairman of Hyundai Motor and its Kia affiliate, placed a limit on new capacity over fears of quality issues born from fast growth. Now, it seems that he must be alright with moving forward on capacity increases, especially since Hyundai and Kia are currently operating at capacity worldwide.

In fact, one analyst says that if the companies don’t invest in more plants, they will begin to lose market share by 2016.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Top 10 Safest, Most Fuel Efficient Cars http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/top-10-safest-fuel-efficient-cars.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/top-10-safest-fuel-efficient-cars.html#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 12:02:45 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=244900 Top 10 Safest, Most Fuel Efficient Cars Top 10 Safest, Most Fuel Efficient Cars
Looking to purchase a safe, fuel efficient car? This is a list of the top 10 list of the safest, most fuel efficient cars available in showrooms today. The vehicles on this list earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and achieve a minimum score of 38 combined MPG... more]]>

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Looking to purchase a safe, fuel efficient car? This is a list of the top 10 list of the safest, most fuel efficient cars available in showrooms today.

The vehicles on this list earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and achieve a minimum score of 38 combined MPG according to EPA tests. Plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are excluded from the list.

An an honorable mention, the plug-in hybrids that have earned a five-star NHTSA safety rating are the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, 2014 Tesla Model S, 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid and 2014 Ford Fusion Energi.

Other notable mentions that barely missed the list is the 2014 Scion tC, which gets a 36-MPG combined rating and the 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco with a 35-MPG combined rating.

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2015 Kia Optima Receives Upgraded Tech Features http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/2015-kia-optima-receives-upgraded-tech-new-year.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/2015-kia-optima-receives-upgraded-tech-new-year.html#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 17:52:33 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=244663 2015 Kia Optima Receives Upgraded Tech Features 2015 Kia Optima Receives Upgraded Tech Features
After receiving a significant refresh for the 2014 model year, the Kia Optima is getting minor changes for 2015. The 2015 Kia Optima gains the Korean automaker’s next-generation of UVO eServices and a number of subtle interior refinements to improve ergonomics and offer a more premium experience within the cabin. The Optima will be available... more]]>
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After receiving a significant refresh for the 2014 model year, the Kia Optima is getting minor changes for 2015.

The 2015 Kia Optima gains the Korean automaker’s next-generation of UVO eServices and a number of subtle interior refinements to improve ergonomics and offer a more premium experience within the cabin. The Optima will be available with the same trim levels as before: LX, EX, SX, SX Turbo and SX-Limited.

Available as an option on the EX, SX and SX Turbo models while being standard on the SX-Limited is Kia’s next-generation UVO eServices that now offers additional features designed to keep the owner better informed through a smartphone. Four new services have been integrated including Geo Fencing, Driving Score, Speed Alerts and Curfew Alerts. A variant of the UVO eServices is available without the four new features as an option on the LX model, but continues to offer a wide range of telematics and infotainment systems including My POI, eServices Guide, 911 Connect, Car Care Web, Parking Minder and Vehicle Diagnostics.

Minor enhancements also include the repositioning of the cruise control to the right-side spoke on the steering wheel while the D-shaped steering wheel found in the SX-Limited gets new brushed bezels and the stitching is now available in contrasting white. Also new is a black cloth option for the LX model. New colors for the 2015 Optima include Smokey Blue, Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite.

No pricing was announced for the 2015 Kia Optima.

GALLERY: 2015 Kia Optima

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Kia Sorento Shattering Sunroof Investigation Upgraded http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/kia-sorento-investigation-shattering-sunroofs.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/kia-sorento-investigation-shattering-sunroofs.html#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 13:32:10 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=244627 Kia Sorento Shattering Sunroof Investigation Upgraded Kia Sorento Shattering Sunroof Investigation Upgraded
The 2011-2013 Kia Sorento is under investigation because its sunroof might randomly shatter. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has upgraded its investigation after consumer complaints were filed that the sunroofs on the Kia Sorento would spontaneously shatter. In total, NHTSA has received 95 reports of shattered sunroofs and there are 18 reports of... more]]>
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The 2011-2013 Kia Sorento is under investigation because its sunroof might randomly shatter.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has upgraded its investigation after consumer complaints were filed that the sunroofs on the Kia Sorento would spontaneously shatter. In total, NHTSA has received 95 reports of shattered sunroofs and there are 18 reports of minor cuts and scratches. No crashes related to the issue have been reported.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Kia Sorento Review – Video

The investigation was initially opened last October. A majority of the claims that were filed cited the panels breaking while the vehicle was in motion. According to the South Korean automaker, the only potential cause for sunroof breakage is an external impact by a foreign object.

GALLERY: 2013 Kia Sorento

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